The Center for Development Economics

Williams College

Master On Campus
12 months
55140 USD/year
55140 USD/year
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The Center for Development Economics (CDE) at Williams College offers an intensive, one academic year, master’s degree program designed for economists from low and middle-income countries who have some practical experience.


Over the years, the CDE has trained more than 1000 students from 100 nations around the world in an intellectual and residential atmosphere that is rigorous yet supportive and friendly. While individual graduates have risen to the highest levels of service in their governments, we are most proud of the commitment to development demonstrated by more than 90 percent of alumni who still live and work in their home countries.CDE faculty members have Ph.D. degrees from among the most prestigious institutions in the U.S. and around the world. They also have extensive teaching and practical experience, many having either lived in developing countries (often as government consultants) or worked for international organizations such as the World Bank and the IMF. Small classes at the CDE allow individual attention from a faculty that is readily available to meet with students outside of the scheduled class time.

The admissions process is highly selective. Candidates for the CDE program include those with superior first degrees (often in economics) and who have demonstrated responsibility early in their careers in public sector institutions or in non-governmental organizations. The CDE works closely with foreign governments, with international agencies, and with admitted candidates to arrange funding for incoming students. We normally enroll about twenty-five individuals per year. While the application deadline is December 1, we strongly encourage earlier submission to increase funding opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Economics
  • Developing Country Macroeconomics 
  • Finance and Development
  • Empirical Methods in Macroeconomics
  • Tax Policy in Emerging Markets

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application: Part 2 (.doc or .pdf)
  • Your CV (1-2 pages only)
  • University transcripts showing individual courses taken and grades received for all university degrees earned
  • Proof of nationality and date of birth (copy of passport or birth certificate)
  • Scores from the GRE general test submitted by December 15 (Required if the GRE is offered in your country as a computer based test )
  • Scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exam by December 15 (Not required if the sole language of instruction at your university was English)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55140 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    55140 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55140 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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The Center for Development Economics
Williams College